This is the inside of a hotel room at the Meliá Barcelona Sky hotel property. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Spymon. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Spymon.

How to Earn a Free Night at Participating Melia Hotel Properties

You can earn up to 40 percent off plus 12,000 MeliãRewards frequent guest loyalty program points at greater than 150 hotel properties located in Europe and Asia — although the terms and conditions also include the Americas region — operated by Meliá Hotels International by following three easy steps…

Play your frequent flier loyalty program cards right and you could indulge in a premium experience during a flight which includes taking a shower — but could you be losing your self-respect in the process? Photograph by FlyerTalk member EK_Flyer. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by EK_Flyer.

Lose Your Elite Status, Gain Your Self-Respect — and Launch Your Own Frequent Flier Loyalty Program?

A FlyerTalk member sent a private message to me alerting me of the following essay — “one of the most thought-provoking threads I’ve read” in the TravelBuzz forum, he wrote — posted by FlyerTalk member barbarony62, which has been posted below in its entirety…

The AirTrain which serves Newark International Airport will not operate for approximately 75 days starting on May 1, 2014. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Short hair Francis. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Short hair Francis.

AirTrain Service at Newark Airport to Be Suspended for 75 Days

If you plan on being at Newark International Airport between May 1, 2014 and approximately July 14, 2014, be aware that the AirTrain service will be suspended for approximately 75 days to allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to perform critical repair work to the rail system within the airport, according to this official press release. Additionally…

This Boeing 737-890 airplane operated by Alaska Airlines sports the Employee Powered livery. Photograph by FlyerTalk member FriendlySkies. Click on the photograph for discussion posted on FlyerTalk pertaining to this particular livery scheme.

Double Alaska Mileage Plan Miles Through the End of 2014 on Select Routes

You can earn double Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles on eight of the most popular routes to and from Seattle for the rest of the year effective for travel between June 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 — but you must first register for this promotion prior to your first qualifying flight. Travel between Seattle and the following eight airports as a passenger on qualifying paid non-stop flights which are marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines in order to earn your double Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles during this promotion…

The Conrad Algarve Palacio Da Quinta hotel property in Almancil, Portugal will increase two categories from Category 7 to Category 9. Photograph courtesy of Hilton Worldwide. Click on the photograph to access the discussion on FlyerTalk dedicated to this hotel property.

Hilton HHonors Hotel Category Adjustments for 2014 Announced

“Effective 15 April 2014, 25 of our hotels and resorts (0.6% of our properties) will be increasing hotel category, and 14 of our hotels and resorts (0.3% of our properties) will be decreasing hotel category”, according to FlyerTalk member and official company representative HHonorsRepresentative. “We’ve made these modifications based on periodic review of our hotel reward categories as new hotels join the program and market dynamics change. The Hilton HHonors Standard Room Rewards Point Pricing Tool will reflect these changes as of April 15.” Here is a chart of the hotel and resort properties of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program which will increase at least one level of hotel category…

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